Friday April 15 and Monday April 18 have been declared by the Federal Government as public holiday to mark the celebration of Easter.

This was announced on Tuesday by the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, through a statement issued by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr. Shuaib Belgore.

In the statement, the Minister urged Christians to emulate the attributes of sacrifice, togetherness, forgiveness, kindness, love, peace and patience, as exemplified by Jesus Christ’s ministry on earth.

This is as he asked them to pray for an end to the security challenges in the country.

The statement read in part, ““Security is everybody’s business. I therefore urge Nigerians and foreigners resident in our country to display a high sense of citizenship and public spiritedness at this critical time in the history of our country, by supporting the efforts of all security agencies in bringing peace and security of lives and property of the citizenry.

“While wishing Christians at home and in the Diaspora a happy and peaceful Easter celebration, we also call on Nigerians to join hands with the President Muhammadu Buhari and his administration in its determination to bring sustainable development and usher in prosperity for all. “